Fashionable Battle of Frogs (Fûryû kaeru ôgassen no zu)

「風流蛙大合戦之図」

Japanese
Edo period
1864 (Bunkyû 4/Genji 1), 2nd month
Artist Kawanabe Kyôsai (Japanese, 1831–1889), Publisher Surugaya Sakujirô (Japanese), Blockcutter Katada Chôjirô (Hori Chô) (Japanese)


Catalogue Raisonné

Bakumatsu Meiji no tensai eshi Kawanabe Kyôsai ten (1998), #111; Oikawa, Clark & Forrer, Comic Genius: Kawanabe Kyôsai/Kyôsai giga kyôga ten (1996), #35; Edo-Tokyo Museum, Kawanabe Kyôsai to Edo Tôkyô (1994), #32; Clark, Demon of Painting (1993), #103

Dimensions

Vertical ôban triptych; 35.4 × 73.8 cm (13 15/16 × 29 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.37139a-c

Medium or Technique

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper

Not On View

Collections

Asia, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Signed

Ôju Kyônin (on right sheet), Ôju Kyôsha (on center and left sheets)
応需狂人 応需狂者

Markings

Censor's seal: Rat 2 aratame
Blockcutter's mark: Hori Chô
改印:子二改
彫師:彫長

Provenance

By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850–d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 19, 2005)

NOTES:
[1] Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.

Credit Line

William Sturgis Bigelow Collection